Call Me Mrs. Miracle

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Call Me Mrs. Miracle

This is a heartwarming and touching story about family and love. It is the second story featuring the character of “Mrs. Miracle”; however, each book can be read as a stand alone book.   I have not read the first book and was able to follow this book perfectly.  Ms. Macomber also included three recipes from her popular “Cedar Cove Cookbook” in this story, which in my opinion adds more holiday appeal.
Jake Finley is a young man who hasn’t celebrated Christmas in 21 years due to a tragic accident that claimed the lives of his mother and sister when he was a young boy; he’s also the head of the toy department at his family’s department store. He and his father have made it a habit to leave New York City when the store closes on Christmas Eve and go to the Caribbean for a week in order to get away from their sad memories. He decided to take a risk this year by purchasing 500 units of the Intellytron Super Robot and his dad J.R. isn’t very happy about it but is waiting to see how sales go on the item before he passes judgment.
Holly Larson has temporary custody of her young nephew Gabe while her brother, a widower, is in Afghanistan having been called into duty by the National Guard. Holly is unsure of herself as a temporary parent but is making an effort to make things as easy on her nephew as possible. Her finances are strained with the extra expenses and she’s facing a Christmas without her parents or brother for the first time. Holly has a job as an executive assistant to Lindy Lee,  an up and coming fashion designer who is also a little bit upset by the fact that Holly can no longer put in free overtime due to taking care of Gabe.
Emily Merkle is an elderly looking woman who resembles everyone’s idea of a grandmother. She has been hired as a seasonal employee at Finley’s Department Stores and has somehow been assigned to the toy department where she will be working for Jake; her name tag reads “Mrs. Miracle” in error. It’s clear from the beginning that she’s not your average person and she quickly becomes entangled in Jake’s life both in and outside of work. She insists that Jake leaves the store and get a cup of coffee at the local Starbucks which is how Jake meets Holly.
Jake and Holly are instantly attracted to each other and fate or “Mrs. Miracle” arrange for them to continue to have chance meetings and strike up a friendship. It is while Jake is getting to know Holly and her nephew Gabe that he realizes just how much he and his dad have lost while avoiding the Christmas Holiday and looking at it from the aspect that it’s a necessity for their business. Holly is also realizing just how much she wants to make a difference in her nephew’s life and makes a lot of sacrifices to try to save the money to buy Gabe one of the Intellytron Super Robots. As Jake and Holly spend more time together they influence the people around them regarding the holiday. Holly’s boss Lindy Lee sees that she takes her employees for granted and gets to know Gabe a little and appreciate what a child can bring to an adults life. JR realizes that his son is in love and that holding onto his grief has kept him at arm’s length and he no longer wants to do that.
“Mrs. Miracle” is an important character in the book in that she is the facilitator for the relationship that develops between Jake and Holly, which soon turns into romance. She also confronts JR and encourages him to see that Jake is ready for the eventual responsibility of running the company and that he needs to work on his relationship with his son. She is a fantastic secondary character and I will let you try to guess about her influence on “Fate”. The ending is appropriate for the book and I plan to go back and read the first book where “Mrs. Miracle” was introduced.  I truly enjoyed reading this holiday romance from Ms. Macomber.

Book Blurb for Call Me Mrs. Miracle

This Christmas, Emily Merkle (call her Mrs. Miracle!) is working in the toy department at Finley's, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is non other than Jake Finley, the owner's son.

For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas just means one thing to him--and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat.

Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly's widowed brother is in the army and won't be home for Chrismas, but at least she can get Gabe that toy robot from Finley's, the one gift he desperately wants. If she can figure out how to afford it...

Fortunately, it's Mrs. Miracle to the rescue. Next to making children happy, she likes nothing better than helping others--and that includes doing a bit a matchmaking!

This Christmas will be different. For all of them.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2010 5.00